International Business BA (Hons) Top-Up 2021/22 entry
Studied on campus this course is aimed at international students who have already completed either one or two years of their undergraduate studies. This direct entry course will enable you to complete the final years of your undergraduate degree with Coventry Business School.
With a focus on strategy and strategy development, this course should allow you to explore the skills needed to potentially be a flexible future manager, able to spot international business opportunities quickly and respond to challenges effectively. If you enter the course at Level 5, you will also spend your first year studying topics that should help you to explore the principles of international business, such as data analysis, digital business, and managing cross-cultural teams.
Coventry Business School was ranked as 'excellent' by Eduniversal in 2019, an annual ranking of Business Schools across 154 countries. Through guest speakers, industry visits, case studies and simulated business projects, we aim to share real-world business experiences and bring you up-to-speed with the issues and challenges facing modern businesses (opportunities are subject to availability and additional costs may apply).
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
Global readyAn international outlook, with global opportunities
EmployabilityCareer-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed
Teaching ExcellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
Course essentialsA degree which offers you more, at no extra cost
Accreditation and Professional Recognition
This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:
Association for Project Management (APM)
The final year module ‘Project Management for Business’ is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), for the 2021/22 intake, recognising the modules rigour in exploring the subject of project management. If the accreditation of this course changes, we will notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
This course is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the 2021/22 intake, offering you the option to register and gain a Level 5 Certificate, which can help to enhance your employability skills with a professional qualification (fees apply to become a registered CMI student, and securing a professional qualification is subject to additional costs, availability and meeting any applicable requirements).
If any changes occur with respect to our accreditation related to this course, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible. Please visit the CMI website for full details on the CMI accreditation.
Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)
Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) – Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, which has a membership of over 120 business schools and higher education providers, and supports its members in maintaining world-class standards of teaching and research.
European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) – Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development, a global membership organisation dedicated to management development, covering over 900 members across 91 countries.
Coventry Business School is recognised by the above memberships for the 2021/22 intake. There is currently no intention for either of these memberships to lapse however if either of these memberships were not to be renewed we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
Coventry Business School's Business Simulation Suite utilises the latest business simulation software to give students the opportunity to improve their business skills.
Designed to build creative minds, the DigiComm Lab is equipped with the latest industry-standard marketing and advertising software and devices to support your creative development.
Students have opportunities to practice simulated trading and other finance-related activities using the various types of demo software available in the Trading Floor.
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International business now touches the lives of pretty much everyone across the globe; it is therefore important for anyone working in business to understand the events, trends and forces that play a vital role in shaping commercial success or failure.
We place a significant emphasis on strategy development, recognising that to be competitive in today’s dynamic, complex environment, businesses must become less bureaucratic and more flexible, able to identify market opportunities and shift from one dominant strategy to another. You will be encouraged to adopt the view that all managers need to be involved in the strategic management process to achieve better organisational performance and maintain a position of competitive advantage.
We will examine the tools and techniques to identify and manage key issues for the future of your potential organisation, such as scanning the environment for critical information, suggesting changes to strategies to take advantage of environmental shifts and working with others to continuously improve work methods, procedures and evaluation techniques.
The course applies the six PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) and the course team conveys these principles and values to our students too, integrating them into the curriculum through Corporate and Social Responsibility and areas such as sustainable trading. The Business School has adopted PRME across its portfolio as a framework that is internationally recognised for adaption and change, an area critical for all businesses trading today. This aims to support a generation of students who can focus on not just profits, but sustainability and good corporate citizenship in doing so enhance graduates potential future employment opportunities.
The below modules are studied in your first year if you enter the course at Level 5, and aim to give you an overview of business in an international context, covering key business areas such as data, management and finance. There is also a module on improving your English skills for business communication and report writing.
English Business Communication and Report Writing Skills
Digital Business; Marketing and E-Commerce
Analysing Quantitative Business Data
Finance and Accounting for International Business
International Career Development
The below modules are studied in your second year, if you enter the course at Level 5, or in your first year, if you enter the course at Level 6.
This year will aim to build on the knowledge gained from your previous undergraduate studies to provide an overview of international business, examining world trade patterns and the functions of international institutions such as the Advertising Industry, SAB Millar (brewing), and the Health and Fitness Club Industry. In your final year, you will also pick two modules out of three optional modules, which are listed below.
Through guest speakers (subject to availability), real case studies and industry visits, we’ll teach you more about the external forces which affect business decisions (please note that industry visits and opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability, meeting applicable visa requirements and additional costs may apply).
We’ll also discuss some of the biggest challenges and issues businesses now face, such as market uncertainties, nations’ changing foreign policies, disruptive innovation and changing business models.
Principles of Strategy
Project Management for Business
English Business Presentation Skills
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
International Logistics (Optional Module)
International Business and People Relations (Optional Module)
Business Project (Optional Module)
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
We have been ranked joint first amongst Modern Universities in England for career prospects - Guardian University Guide 2021
In more detail...
This second or final year direct entry programme aims to develop your comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the international business environment, business strategy and the key functions of business organisations.
Rated ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal in 2019 and ranked 15th best in the country for ‘Business, Management and Marketing’ in the 2020 Guardian University Guide, Coventry has been educating business professionals for over 100 years.
Through core modules, we focus on building essential management skills in international logistics, human resource management; international trade management; global markets and entry strategies; marketing in an international perspective to mention but a few. You will have the opportunity to engage with real business issues from highly innovative companies ranging from SMEs to large multinational corporations, through the whole course.
With a multicultural learning experience, you’ll be studying alongside staff and students from a range of over around 30 nationalities. You’ll be taught by experienced staff, who have worked as directors and consultants for many large multinational companies not only in the United Kingdom but also abroad.
- Guest speakers programme has previously also drawn in prominent speakers from the field of international business in recent times to share their knowledge and experiences with students. (subject to availability).
- Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), both of whom are committed to ensuring its members maintain world-class standards of teaching and research.
- Field trips to multinational organisations within a range of sectors and industries. Previous visits have included a visit to Jaguar Land Rover and Manchester United in the UK as well as visits to New York in the United States; Berlin, Germany and Paris, France among others (subject to competitive application, availability, meeting applicable visa requirements, and additional costs may apply).
- Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) this course gives you the option of registering and gaining a Level 5 Certificate, which can enhance your employability skills (subject to registration fees, other requirements and additional costs apply). Please refer to the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section of the Overview tab.
- Coventry University is ranked 15th in the UK for Business, Management and Marketing in the Guardian University Guide 2020.
Coventry University is ranked 15th in the UK for Business, Management and Marketing in The Guardian University Guide 2020.
The International Business BA course of study typically covers the following study themes:
- International Business – the course will aim to help you reflect business thought and practice within an international context, with a focus on, where possible, the application of taught theories to practice
- Business Strategy – the course will aim to help you understand business strategy, including the key functions of business organisations, including finance and marketing.
- International Business Environment – during the course, you will explore the international business environment, investigating the factors that affect business operating on an international level
- Transferable Skills – the course will give you the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills and competencies that should be valuable to your potential future career options, or if you go on to pursue further study. (Please note that further study opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional costs may apply).
On this course, you will have the opportunity to benefit from a learning experience designed with you at the centre. You can select the learning methods that best suit your learning style and apply your learning to real-world problems.
This course can be studied full-time over either one year, or part time which would be either 2 or 4 years to complete, depending on the stage of entry. If entering into year 2 (stage 5) you can start in September or January, while if you are entering into year 3 (stage 6) you can start in September, January or May.
The underlying focus and aim is on developing international business skill sets and inter-cultural perception so that you can think strategically and understand the challenges facing businesses in our modern global economy. As well as traditional teaching and learning methods, such as lectures, workshops and seminars, we will use innovative business techniques and tools, including practical market entry software tools to achieve this. Alternatively you can study a version of this course online.
For example, you will be exposed to real-life case studies with recent examples including Glastonbury Music Festival, the Banking Industry, IKEA, Rocket Internet, Virgin. We also invite a range of guest speakers who will share experiences of managing change and growth in their organisations, supply chain and logistics strategies, marketing and trade management operations, business development and more (subject to availability).
You will have the opportunity to participate in field trips and industry visits, at home and abroad, with previous excursions to Manchester United and Jaguar Land Rover in the UK and previously in Europe – Barcelona, Brussels, Madrid, Paris, Munich. International – New York (USA), Singapore, Delhi, Mumbai (subject to availability, competitive application meeting applicable visa requirements, and additional costs may apply).
Many of our teaching staff are research active and will disseminate up-to-date developments in their fields, fostering debate and discussion. For example, previous cohorts have had the opportunity to make use of lecturers’ research outputs in their seminar discussions on areas such as supply chain management (SCM), cyber terrorism, logistics and organisational psychology (please note staff are subject to change).
The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, coursework, written project work, presentations, poster display, seminar papers, written reports, case studies and group work.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.
On successful completion, you will be able to:
- Evaluate the nature of strategic decision-making in organisations within the international arena.
- Assess the holistic nature of a business organisation and how an organisation interacts with its external environment.
- Apply relevant business concepts and theories to new contexts.
- Critically evaluate a given international business context.
- Apply appropriate business concepts, models or techniques to analyse business problems particularly within an international context.
- Synthesise and critically evaluate different academic views on a variety of business focussed issues.
- Identify, analyse and critically assess problems and issues within organisations in both local and international arenas.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate and conduct business in a language other than your own native language.
- Formulate and suggest solutions to business problems particularly within an international context.
We set out below the typical teaching contact hours that you will receive on this course. Teaching contact hours will vary in different years of study and may vary due to module selection. In addition to the contact hours below, we offer the opportunity to attend additional optional sessions, including sessions with the Faculty’s progress coaches, or to meet with staff during their advice and feedback hours.
On this course, you will have around 12 contact hours of teaching a week which includes:
- Medium group teaching: practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
- Large group teaching: lectures each week.
If you are undertaking a project/dissertation, there is a greater emphasis placed on independent study and therefore total contact hours may be reduced.
In addition, you will be expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, which may include, for example, guided study using hand-outs or online activities. The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.
This course is international in nature drawing on business practice and real-life case studies from all over the world. You will be taught by international business leaders from across the world, who are invited as guest lecturers on modules to share their knowledge and experience (subject to availability). Furthermore, the international experience of the course team means you will have the opportunity to benefit from the experience of lecturers on business operations from Asia, Middle East, Europe, Africa to mention but a few.
You will also be able to collaborate with students from other international universities on collaborative online international learning projects.
You must have successfully completed year 1 (level 4) and/or year 2 (level 5) of an equivalent course, depending on the stage of entry. Please contact us for further details.
You must have successfully completed year 1 (level 4) and/or year 2 (level 5) of an equivalent course, depending on the stage of entry. Please contact us for further details.
Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.More detail
We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.
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£9,250 (per year)
If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.
Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.
£15,000 (per year)
If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.
The following are additional costs not included in the fees: Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.
This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.
EU student fees
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.
For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
Graduate Immigration Route visa
Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.
The business world is increasingly internationally-focused and this course aims to help to prepare you for potential future career options in a wide range of multinational organisations, businesses, management consultancies and government organisations.
This course will give you the chance to develop and hone your business skills to help build on your existing understanding of business and management, and is designed to help you understand the subject in the international context of today's corporate environment.
You will have the opportunity to develop the intellectual and professional skills needed for performing strategic analysis, choosing strategies and executing these strategies with desired results, as well as the chance to enhance your cross-cultural awareness and competence, interpersonal, communicative and collaborative-working skills, all directly relevant to employers and of great value when seeking potential future employment.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your potential future career options and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university’s Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your potential future career options.
Where our graduates work
Previous graduates of our international business courses have found employment positions within generalist HR, general management, specialist pay and reward, people development and employee relations roles.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.
The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.
For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.